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Dominican resorts are reopening with attractive deals for local travelers. Asonahores has published the list of hotels that are opened, and the opening dates for others. Meanwhile, the government is backing a deal with the three largest banks (Reservas, Popular and BHD Leon) to finance (interest-free) travel packages at attractive prices to top resorts in the country for domestic travelers. President Abinader has said the details on the deal would be announced as of this Monday, 28 September 2020.

Reports are that locals are taking the resorts up on the offer. The president of the Dominican Hotel & Tourism Association (Asonahores) Paola Rainieri says there are details where hotel rooms that were going for US$100-US$300 are being booked for under US$50 with all included. Asonahores has published the list of hotels that are open or opening later this year...

Canadian companies are offering medical insurance to encourage travel.

Air Canada and and Air Canada Vacations are now offering full Covid medical insurance through Mutual Life for any DR flight bookings up to the end of October.

The medical insurance covers hospitalization costs, flight changes, and extra accommodation costs for those who may contract the virus after flying with the airline to the Dominican Republic.

Air Canada is also offering great deals for those booking travel with them as traffic picks up again for Dominican vacations.

Air Transat is also making it easy for Canadian travelers to book vacations. The company has in place their “book with peace of mind” program for new individual bookings made by 30 September 2020. And it announced on 25 September that its customers will benefit from a Covid-19 Emergency Medical Certificate of Insurance...

The Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship PGA Tour is happening this week in Punta Cana (24-27 September 2020). The leading sports event has a purse of US$4 million. The event positions the Dominican Republic in the minds of golf players worldwide.

John Norris, vice president for PGA Tours, said that even with all the difficulties brought about by Covid-19, he is excited about returning to the Dominican Republic.

Full FedExCup points are being awarded this week and the winner will head to the Masters in April 2021.

Follow the tournament at: PGA Tour Golf...

President Luis Abinader said the details of the incentives plan will be announced on Monday. The reality is that the world has not resumed traveling and hotels need local travelers to keep their businesses running. It is the time for Dominicans to enjoy their country.

These are the best times for adventure tourism. Experts say physical distancing reduces the risk of catching Covid-19. Domestic travel is the way to go, and now many National Parks are ready to receive your visit.

There are now 48 protected areas that can be visited Monday to Friday from 8am to 4pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 8am to 3pm.

The Ministry of the Environment announced this week it had added 11 protected areas to the open to the public list. Strict health protocols apply, nevertheless. Overnighting is not allowed in the new areas, and children under 14 years need to be accompanied by their parents. Permanent use of masks is mandatory, except when walking on medium or high difficulty trails. Physical distancing of 1.5 meters is required at all times.

The new areas open to the public are:La Caleta National Underwater ParkJose Armando Bermúdez National...

NBC and the Golf Channel will be covering the plays as PGA Tour golfers compete for the US$4 million purse offered at the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship. The tournament is to be played at the Corales Golf Course with six holes interacting with the Caribbean Sea. The championship is Thursday, 24 September to Sunday, 27 September 2020.

The president and CEO of Grupo Puntacana, Frank Rainieri has insisted the PGA Tour is the platform for relaunching tourism given the extensive TV coverage the event brings on prime time in the United States. “Since 2018, the tournament has positioned the Dominican Republic as the leading Caribbean golf destination. This time it will be an excellent platform to open and promote the destination Punta Cana,” says Rainieri.

The focus is on promoting play at the Caribbean Sea-bordering golf course, with TV-perfect shots...

Rafael Blanco, David Collado, Biviana Riveiro Disla and Ligia Bonetti / CEIRD

The Center for Export and Investment (CEI-RD) and the Ministry of Tourism (Mitur) signed an agreement on Wednesday, 9 September 2020 to join efforts to promote the Dominican Republic’s country brand. The CEI-RD & Mitur agreement is in preparation for the upcoming launching of the country brand strategy.

Tourism Minister David Collado and CEI-RD director Biviana Riveiro Disla signed the agreement. Ligia Bonetti and Rafael Blanco Canto signed for the private sector.

The inter-institutional agreement seeks to lay the groundwork for a rapid implementation of the country brand strategy. The efforts will be backed by the Ministry of Tourism promotion offices in 25 countries abroad. Mitur also commits to make a contribution of US$2 million for promotional activities through a trust. The same amount is to be...

Disembarking passengers are no longer required to submit PCR tests with negative results prior to entering the Dominican Republic. Random quick breath PCR tests will be carried out to diagnose for Covid-19. The new Israeli technology makes it possible to test for disease and have results almost immediately. The measure (AIC-06/2020) is to facilitate the passenger entry procedures, keeping to the health protocol.

The IDAC also explained that departing passengers do not need to have recent PCR test results for travel to the United States. They are only required to have these tests when traveling to Puerto Rico from the Dominican Republic.

The new breathalyzer tests are part of the Responsible Tourism Plan announced last month by President Luis Abinader and is part of a set of initiatives to ensure the country is a safe tourist destination. The one-minute...

On Sunday, 6 September, President Luis Abinader was in Miches, on the east coast, for the inauguration of a dock and the start of construction by the Original hotel group of a beach resort. The adults-only Temptation Miches Resort will have 382-room. Original is a Mexican tourism company that is also building the smaller 114-room Gran Miches Resort in the same area. The hotels are scheduled to open by summer 2022.

“We are very happy to begin construction on this long-awaited project and proud to establish our first property in the Dominican Republic, a country that values hospitality and tourism as much as we do in Mexico,” said Rodrigo de la Peña, CEO of the Original Group.

President Abinader used the trip to also inaugurate the new tourism dock in Miches, a RD$52 million built during the past administration. Accompanying the President, Tourism Minister David...

TUI Fly flights from Schiphol International Airport in Amsterdam will be landing in Curacao before making stops in Punta Cana and Montego Bay (Jamaica). The company announced it would be adapting triangle routes to the Caribbean with the stopovers to start this coming winter season.

As reported, last winter Montego Bay and Punta Cana had already been served by the triangular flights, while Punta Cana was also combined with Aruba. The flight schedule for winter 2020 for Punta Cana includes a once a week flight from Amsterdam-Punta Cana-Curacao-Amsterdam.

The fact that flights are now via Curaçao is due to “changes in market demand.” The airline said that flights will start once the negative travel advisories are removed. “We do not bring travelers to destinations with an orange travel advice,” said a spokeswoman for the airline, as reported in Curacao Chronicle.

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Blue Diamond Resorts announces the reopening of its Punta Cana resorts this October 2020. The resorts are reopening with new health and safety measures in place. Guests will also benefit from the guaranteed insurance for Covid-19 announced by the Abinader administration.

The scheduled reopening dates are:Hideaway at Royalton Punta Cana: 1 OctoberRoyalton Punta Cana: 1 OctoberRoyalton Splash Punta Cana: 1 OctoberRoyalton Bavaro: 1 NovemberRoyalton CHIC Punta Cana: 1 December

The company announces extensive health and safety measures will be in place following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO), as well as the local and national ministries of health,

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